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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gregorio Uribe at World Cafe Live, Mat Burke at Bourbon and Branch

Gregorio Uribe | photo via artist’s Facebook page

A prominent artist in NYC’s Latin Music scene, Gregorio Uribe is the leader of the 16-piece ensemble, the Gregorio Uribe Big Band. Mixing body-moving Colombian rhythms with funky jazz elements, Uribe’s live performances are electric and lively. Don’t miss Uribe as he brings this infectious energy to World Cafe Live tonight for a celebration of Colombian-infused jams. Ticket info is available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch his personal invitation/teaser performance for the show below. Continue reading →

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Escape the cold in Pilkington’s catchy, sunshine-pop tune “Soft Flesh”

Pilkington | photo via pilkington.bandcamp.com

Just last week when the weather was sunny and breezy and beautiful, it was tempting to believe that spring, or even summer, was here to stay. But it seems that Mother Nature has bamboozled us all. Though this drastic shift to cold weather and snow can be downright depressing, at least we have sunny tunes to distract our minds with relaxing waves and warm breezes.

Enter Philly indie-pop four piece, Pilkington‘s song, “Soft Flesh.” Blending video game sound bites with breezy guitar riffs, Pilkington’s catchy pop jam removes listeners from the cold and transports them to the beach for a carefree party in the sun. Continue reading →

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Fall for Jesse Hale Moore’s soulful crooning in the video for “Leave You Lonely”

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve been smitten with Jesse Hale Moore for quite some time around here. But recently, we’ve fallen completely head over heels for Moore’s passionate, smooth-as-butter R&B ballads.

After premiering his single, “Leave You Lonely” we heard him on NPR’s World Cafe: Next podcast a few weeks back.  And now, he’s released a video for “Leave You Lonely,” which provides a perfectly matched visual to the song’s emotional, sultry vibes. If you haven’t already fallen for those falsettos, this video will do the trick. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sunwatchers at PhilaMOCA, Agnes Obel at Union Transfer, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch and more

Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Sunwatchers | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

New York progressive collective Sunwatchers head to PhilaMOCA for the night with opening sets by Skull Practitioners and Writhing Squares. These free jazz and krautrock inspired musicians define their own genre through jams of epic proportions, making anyone squeezed into Philly’s favorite arthouse freaking lucky. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Also, check out the band’s Studio Sessions when they stopped by last May. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vessna Scheff at Bourbon and Branch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Johnny Brenda’s, You Blew It! at First Unitarian Church, and more

Vessna Scheff | Photo by Johnny Call via artist’s Facebook page

Vessna Scheff grace the stage tonight at Bourbon and Branch, and you can expect clear, sultry vocals atop ukulele strumming and saucy trumpet backings (courtesy of Koofreh Umoren.) Yes, this eclectic combination is a real thing, and it’s refreshingly amazing. See for yourself by watching Vessna Scheff perform “Nodding (Always On My Mind)” live below, and then head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more info on the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blood Sound at Johnny Brenda’s, Songwriter Showcase at Bourbon and Branch and more

Blood sound
Blood Sound | Photo via bloodsound.bandcamp.com

Dark electronic three-piece Blood Sound will be opening at Johnny Brenda’s with Black Marble and YOU. Their recent effort True Romance Magazines finds Tim Burton’s version of TRON with dreamy vocals dancing over an atmospheric keyboard, creating an enjoyable ’80s callout sound. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tangiers at Bourbon and Branch, Wood Brothers at Union Transfer, Lee Bains III and Glory Fires at Kennett Flash

Tangiers | Photo via facebook.com/tangiersband
Tangiers | Photo via facebook.com/tangiersband

Relaxed rock and roll kids Tangiers are heading to 2nd Street tonight for a headlining gig at Bourbon and Branch. Slyly combining a bit of dad rock with some bluesy hard rock elements, they make a fun sound perfect for drinking a cold one. The gig is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Listen to a wistful new / old ballad “Hearts” by Honeytiger

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →

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Check out two immersive new tunes from Philly singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy

Thom McCarthy | photo via http://thommccarthy.bandcamp.com/
Thom McCarthy | photo via http://thommccarthy.bandcamp.com/

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy gets an A+ for song titles. The Philly singer-songwriter just this week released two tracks from his forthcoming record, and they are called “Primal Whistle of the Wind” and “Hobnob With the Doomed.” I don’t think anymore needs to be said; these curiosity-inducing phrases get your brain working before you even hit play (or maybe it’s just me).

“Primal Whistle of the Wind” is carried by resonant acoustic guitar and paired with earnest vocals that depict a struggle to escape an emotional purgatory. “Hobnob with the Doomed” is driven forward by similar instrumental arrangements with slight deviations in style. The lyrics appear to introduce a narrative, that could span the LP, in which listeners and / or the storyteller venture down a road that leads them out of purgatory, but quickly transitions into Hell.  Continue reading →

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Post War Dream’s “Fading In” serves as a catalyst for a necessary conversation

Post War Dream | photo via https://www.facebook.com/postwardreamband/
Post War Dream | photo via https://www.facebook.com/postwardreamband/

The first track released off Philadelphia band Post War Dream‘s projected 2017 release We’ll Be Just Fine takes a heavy topic and starts a necessary conversation.

“Fading In” details the devastation of addiction, and is meant a beacon for those struggling with it, as well as those who care about them. Continue reading →